Terrace Hill has secured planning consent for Feethams Leisure, a GBP30m project that will regenerate a 1.9 acre former bus station in Darlington town centre into a cinema, hotel and restaurant complex.
As a result of the decision, Terrace Hill intends to commence development by mid next year with completion expected in autumn 2015.
The scheme, which will create around 500 new jobs, will be anchored by a nine screen multiplex Vue cinema and include an 80 bed Premier Inn Hotel, as well as a number of restaurants, bars and shops. Lettings have already been secured to national operators Nandos and Prezzo, with two further restaurant units under offer to other national brands.
Philip Leech, chief executive of Terrace Hill, says: “We are working on a number of planned leisure development schemes across the UK. Leisure is a sector with strong occupier demand and with regional economies starting to improve we foresee increasing opportunities for us in this area. Our network of regional offices also gives us unique insight into this market."